Other recent vintages:  2020   2019   2017  

Each vintage Noble Hill celebrates its harvest with the limited release of a carbonic-macerated, naturally-fermented cuvée. Blurring the boundaries between red and rosé, this wine’s light strawberry tint is framed by delicate floral and dried fig aromas. Serve chilled.

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  • South Africa    Simonsberg    Simonsberg-Paarl
  • 100%
    Mourvèdre
     
  • Alcohol
      12.5%
  • Certified sustainable
  • Natural wine
  • Oak
      No oak contact
  • Organic in conversion
  • Production
      600 bottles
  • Soil
      Granite and clay
  • Vegan
  • Vineyard aspect
      Northeast
  • Vineyard elevation
      190m
  • Vineyard planted
      2003
  • Vineyard size
      0.8

In the vines

Noble Hill's bushvine Mataro (also known as Mourvèdre) grows on the foothills of the Simonsberg mountains in deep clay soil. This soil is low-yielding and the vines develop strong, deep root systems as a result. Very little is done to the vines during the growing season, as the bushvine canopies provide ideal natural shading for the bunches. 2021 was a slow, cool, and even-ripening vintage with a moderate yield and fresh, fruitful characteristics.

The wine

Cruxes follows a non-traditional style based on the “nouveau” wines popularized in the Burgundian village of Beaujolais. The whole bunches are placed intact into tank and left under cover of inert gas for a period of 18 days. During this period a partial enzymatic fermentation produces the first 4-5% alcohol and gives the wine a zestful, delicate aroma. Following this carbonic maceration the bunches are gently pressed and naturally fermented. The wine is bottled quickly, without oak contact. This wine has floral aromas offset by complex savoury and earthy notes. Light in colour and on the palette, this wine is a celebration of a new vintage perfect for enjoyment with charcuterie and aged hard cheese after a long day of harvest.

Serve chilled. Some sedimentation may occur in bottle.